Mike Ball – 4 night (Northbound Coral Sea Expedition)

Mike Ball’s northbound expedition to the Coral Sea departs Cairns at 6:00pm on Thursdays and returns on Mondays at 11:00am. This trip reduces sea travel by 250km or 12 hours by including a low-level scenic flight from Lizard Island back to Cairns at the end of your trip.

This expedition includes up to 14 dives in total (including two night dives), a low level reef flight, 4 night’s accommodation onboard Spoilsport, chef prepared meals, a glass of wine with dinner each night, daily cabin service and tanks and weights.

For this trip, Mike Ball recommend either an Advanced diver certification or a minimum of 10 ocean dives including 5 dives in the last 12 months. Less experience may result in limited diving due to environmental conditions.

Trip Itinerary

Thursday: Check in and departure.

  • Prior to 4:00pm, check-in luggage at Mike Ball Office (3 Abbott St, Cairns)
  • If unable to check-in prior to 4:00pm, phone Mike Ball staff on 07 4053 0500 for departure details
  • 6:00pm Mike Ball crew meet you at Mondo’s Restaurant and escort you to Spoilsport – Trinity Wharf
  • Cruise overnight to the magnificent Holmes Reef, the first stop on your 700km dive odyssey (or to the Cod Hole at Ribbon Reef #10, depending on weather conditions)
Friday: Holmes Reef – Cathedral, Nonki Bommie
  • Enjoy plummeting walls, great visibility, and cruising pelagics
  • Night dive where decorator crabs, egg cowry shells, moray eels and crayfish are just a few of the creatures you can find
Saturday & Sunday: Bougainville & Osprey Reef
  • Cruise overnight to Bougainville Reef in the Coral Sea
  • Enjoy 40 meter visibility with spectacular walls disappearing to 1000metres. Witness the resident shark population including grey reef sharks, whitetip reef sharks, silvertips and occasionally hammerheads
  • Find the caves, overhangs and spectacular walls adorned with huge soft coral trees and gorgonian fans
Monday: Low level flight back to Cairns
  • Breakfast on board and transfer to Lizard Island
  • Spectacular low level Great Barrier Reef flight to Cairns.150 miles, altitude 700-1000ft - saves 12 hours travel time
  • Return at approximately 11:00am for courtesy transfer to city hotels

Prime dives sites - GUARANTEED!

  • If weather forces an itinerary change Mike Ball’s surety of access to the prime Ribbon Reef sites is your guarantee of the best possible diving


  • Flying after diving – we recommend that you allow 24 hours between diving and flying. The last dive of the trip is finished by 5:00pm on Sunday
  • The above itinerary is subject to change

Extra charges include:

  • Full gear hire (if required) - AU$176 per person
  • Reef taxes - AU$6.50 per person per day
  • Nitrox Fill Package - AU$100

Extra courses (all pay on board)

  • Advanced Course - AU$215 per course
  • Nitrox Course - AU$275 per course
  • U/W Photography - AU$250
  • SDI Solo Diver - AU$220 (inc. pony bottle hire)

Cancellation Policy

  • 30% cancellation fee applies with less than 60 days notice
  • 100% cancellation fee applies with 21 days or less notice

Note - Extreme weather conditions may cause cancellation or adjustment of advertised itinerary.

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Coral Sea Premium Cabin$2,984.00
Extra Charge**$20.00
Total price$3,004.00
Coral Sea Standard Cabin$2,720.00
Extra Charge**$20.00
Total price$2,740.00
Coral Sea Club Cabin$2,455.00
Extra Charge**$20.00
Total price$2,475.00
Coral Sea Budget Cabin$2,135.00
Extra Charge**$20.00
Total price$2,155.00


Coral Sea Premium Cabin$3,073.00
Extra Charge**$20.00
Total price$3,093.00
Coral Sea Standard Cabin$2,802.00
Extra Charge**$20.00
Total price$2,822.00
Coral Sea Club Cabin$2,529.00
Extra Charge**$20.00
Total price$2,549.00
Coral Sea Budget Cabin$2,199.00
Extra Charge**$20.00
Total price$2,219.00

* Prices valid from 01 April to 31 March

** Extra Charge: This additional fee includes a Government Environmental Management Charge as well as Port Departure Tax and administration costs.

Rates are per person and in Australian Dollars (Currency Converter).


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